Alleged N2.1bn Scam: Court Orders EFCC To Produce Dokpesi Dec.14

A Federal High in Abuja on Friday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) to produce business mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi in court on December 14, 2015.

Dokpesi was arrested on December 1 on account of his alleged involvement in a N2.1 billion arms procurement scam and money laundering involving the Nigerian military in the course of the war against Boko Haram terrorists, and has remained in custody since then.

The money disbursed was said to have been paid into his bank account from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd)for unclear purposes.

Delivering ruling on an ex-parte motion argued by Dokpesi’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordered that EFCC should be put on notice and appear on December 14 with the accused.

Kolawole also ordered the anti-graft agency to come and show cause why Dokpesi should not be granted conditional or unconditional bail.

Ozekhome had in his submission in the ex-parte application dated December 3, urged the court to grant an order compelling EFCC to produce Dokpesi in court.

He also prayed the court for an order admitting Dokpesi to bail on self recognisance or liberal terms pending his formal arraignment by the anti-graft agency.

Ozekhome further contended that Dokpesi had been detained for more than 48 hours without the EFCC filing any criminal charge against him as required by law.

Dokpesi was also said to have, on December 1, reported at the headquarters of the EFCC following a telephone call to that effect, but was subsequently detained after several hours of unprepared interrogation.

According to Dokpesi’s counsel, the offences which Dokpesi purportedly committed are ordinarily bailable, and Dokpesi has no reason or any likelihood to jump bail, escape justice or interfere with witnesses.

Ozekhome also argued that his client has no criminal antecedent or record and that because of his status in the society, he should be granted bail on self recognisance or in the most liberal terms.

Author: NewsAdmin

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